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VOL I. NO 85.
VIENNA. GA.. SATURDAY, MARCH 22. 1902.
TWICE-A-WEEK $1.00 PER YEAR.
WITH HIS LIFE HE
PAYS THE PENALTY
John Henry Peary, Twice Respited, Was Hong
Yesterday at Noon For the Murder of
Jesse Ford Last July.
Hare Been Assured of Getting the A.
- At B. Railroad. \
Mr. T. L. Powell of this city
was at Byfomville Thursday on
business, and while there leurned
that Byromville would be certain
to get the Atlantic & Birmingham
railroad if it was ever extended any
faither than Cordele.
Vice President Geo. Dole Wad- business Thursday,
We are adding new subscribers to
our list daily.
Kelly & Walton will buy your lard, hairs,
eggs and peas.
Jno. C. Dunaway of Cordele, was in
the city Thursday.
T. L. Powell visited Byromville, on
John Henry Peavy, colored,paid
t^e penally of death for the niurf. was pulled which * sent John
his head and immediately the, trig-
der.of Tesse Ford, colored, last
July, on the gallows in the jail in
this city yesterday afternoon by
being hung by the neck until he
was pronounced dead by the at
tending physicians, Drs. Stovall,
Bivins, Mobley and Bullington.
The prisoner was brought out ot
his cell at 12 -.05 by the guards.
Messrs. G. R. Mathews, T. R,
Smith and VV. L. Sheppard, and
escorted upon the platform.
Before leaving the cell room he
bade all of the prisoners goodbye
After he mounted the platfotm
he was told that he could make
uny statement that he might desire.
He first called for Mr. J. P.
Heard,.sr., who wus not present,
stating that he wanted to speak to
him. He then went on, to say, in
a rambling manner, “that he was
' s.anding on his lust ground and
that he icalized that his crime was
great, but that who led him into
the.robbing of all those people of
their money God in heaven knows.
Although my skin is black I’m
telling the truth when I say that
those notes, amounting to $SS6, at
the Bunk of Vienna, are the cause
of my being here. When the sher
iff came to arrest me I was gotten
out of the way by a white mun,
and a white man paid the money
to get them cases settled. I trust
that none of my color, will ever be
led into such a thing like I was
God has given me u happy home;
I was easily led into this scheme.
A great many people have talked
to me but none have talked to me
like Mr. Peavy. I have heard that
■Mr. P. G. McDonald, who is here
on the platform, said that he would
give a thousand dollars to have my
neck broke, but I didn’t believe he
Said it, and 1 haven’t got no ill
feeling againsty ou. I am going
to have it broken, but I will not
die with u lie on my lips.”
His attention was then called by
Sheriff Sheppard to the fact that
his time was about up and thut it
he wanted to tiuve a song and
prayer he could do so.
Two colored ministers, Rev. J.
Wynn and J. VV. English, raised
that old tumilmr hymn, “Amazing
. " Grace, How Sweet the Sound,”
and while this was being sung
John 'Henry said, in a shouting
manner, as he walked to and fro
“I have a clear conscience for all
the sins done in thisworld-”
After the song John offered up
a fervent prayer. He was then
placed over the trap and his feet
and hands tied, the noose placed
around his neck and the black cap
udjusted. While this was being
1 he called for everybody pres
to come and shake hands with
he also sang a few lines
soon us everything was in
ness Sheriff Sheppard nodded
Henry into eternity.
The trap was sprung at 12:22^,
Washington time. In the drop
the knot slipped around to the
back part of his neck which caused
his death by strangulation.
He was pronounced dead 18
minutes after the drop fell, and
was cut louse three minutes after
being pronounced dead. Mis body
was placed in a coffin and carried
to Mt, Zion church, two and a-haif
miles northwest of Pinehurst,
where it wan buried beside the
body of his father*
NOTES BEFORE THE HANGING.
The doomed prisoner had not
eaten anything since Thursday at
He made sei eral statements to
different patties at the jail Thursday
and Friduy morning and stuck to
the one he made on the stand at
the last term of court as being the
truth, and that he would* die with
it in his breast that way. ,
Sheriff Sheppard and the guards
were very kind to the piisoner
during the morning and everybody
he wanted to see were let in to bid
A religious service was held by
Rcv6, Wynn and English in the
jail yesterday morning. Prayers
were offered and songs sung, during
winch John Henry walked up and
down in his cell with tears in his
eyes saying that everything was
alright with him and bis God.
His brother Benjamin Peavy, and
brother-in-law Henry Parker re
mained in conversation with him
for some time. During the early
part of the morning he wrote
letter to his pastor near Pinehurst,
and started on one to his wife but
never finished it.
A short while before he was
brought out of his cell he exclaim,
ed; that while his hair wus kinky
and his face black, he had been
smiled upon by God and he had no
doubt about going to Heaven. He
suid that he had no malice against
ley, Wm. M. Wndley, superintend
ent of construction, and Messrs.
Willifim & Schlitz, contractors of
the road were in Byromville on
Thursday and looked over the
situation and figured with the
contractors relative to letting out
the contract for the giading in that
section. They went up to Monte
zuma that afternoon and returned
to Byromville again yesterday.
The people of Byromville, and
especially Mr. Jno. S. Byrom, who
has been untiring in. his efforts to
secure the railroad, are to be con
gratulated upon such bright pros
PiNEnuasT, Ga., March 20,1902.
Misses Laura Kate Pate and Smithie
Carroll, of Unadilla, are visiting Mrs.
Mrs. A. E. Jordan, of Vienna, spent
Thursday with her mother, Mrs. W.
Mr. Ed Peacock, of Unadilln, is in
town shaking hands with friends.
Mrs. R. E. Jordan and Miss Hilsmnn
spent Saturday and Sunday very pleas
antly with Mrs D. L. Ivey, at Unadilla
Miss Ada Fullington was in town one
afternoon this week.
Misses Hooks, of Unadilla, visited
friends here Wednesday and Thursday.
Rev. Mr. Bass is carrying on a meet
ing at the Methodist church, and Bros.
Snow and Dunaway are assisting him.
Quite a crowd of ladies .went out to
Mrs. J. R. Horne’s last Friday to help
quilt” for the Orphans’ Homo. The
day was very pleasantly spent in chat
ting, as well as quilting and “eating
dinner.” Besides the ladies of our town
Mrs. J. Y. Nethorton.of Unadilla; Mrs
J. R. Barfield, of Einericli; Mrs. \V.
L. Hooks, of Unadilla; Mrs. John Ful
lington, Mrs. R. L. Barfield, of Erne-
rich, and Miss Ada Fullington.
Mrs. D. L. Ivey, of Unadilla, is the
guest of Mrs. R. E. Jordan.
Miss May Jordan, of Findlay, was
the guest of Miss Annie Haslam Thurs
Mrs. Sumerford, of Everett’s Station
is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Bass.
John Ed Folds visited Vienna this
Mrs Joe Foldes has returned from a
visit to his sick son in Alabama.
Dried apples, peaches and Irish pota
toes at Kelly & Walton’s.
H. D. Wood of Pinehurst, was here
yesterday on business.
W. H. Liggin and Tom Ray of Coney,
were hero yesterday.
Col. L. L. Woodward visited Macon
Thursday and Friday.
J. B. Folds, of Pinehurst, was here
on business Thursday.
Say Gills, do you use snuff? ’Phone
Kelly & Walton.
Jas. A. Williams of Pinehurst, was
ltere yesterday on business.
Judge D. L. Henderson visited Cor
dele, on business Wednesday.
Lewis Clewis visited Cordele, on
business Thursday afternoon.
Kelly & Wulton have some bargains in
shoes and dress goods.
See the announcement of Mr. Louis
Clewis for sheriff in this issue.
F. E. Losliley has accepted a position
with P. G. McDonald in tho store.
E. G. Walton and wife of Dosia, visi
ted relatives in the city this week.
Mrs. Aiken and daughter, of near
Richwood, were in town Thursday.
Pineapple and cake at Kelly & Waltons
yeast cuke and sliced pineapple.
Mrs. B. M. Wood and J. P. Smith
visited relatives at Drayton Thursday.
Col. M. P. Hall returned from a busi
ness trip to Americus Thursday night.
Jas. B.Pate of Cordele, was in tho
city Thursday driving a couple of fine
.Dr. U. A. Ynumans has lmd the roof
on the front room of his dwelling re
JHr. A. Water* knows a good thing
nhd rides , in one of,J. P. Heard Sc
Miss Lucy Bolle Harvard left Thurs
day afternoon for Fort Valley, on a
visit to friends.
Arabi, Morch 21.—-The Houston High
School is now flourishing. In the last
two years the enrollment has grown
from a number of about 97 to one of
nearly 200 The faculty has so arrang
ed as to have some one to give a lecture
each month, and up to the prerent time
we have had with us Dr. G. It. Glenn,
Prof. C. H. S. Jackson, of Monrco Col
lege, Forsyth, Ga.
,, , This school will close on May 23d,
T !f S?-? 8 W ^r* e *0 and will have two days commencement.
L Q. Nobles, _ T R bniith, G b And we ftr0 MtUfied th#t we w m have
Haslam, G R Mathews and VV L
Sheppard. Besides the guards,
iririibters, physicians, attorneys
and newspaper reporters witnessed
On account of space we are not
uble to give everything that trans
pired in detail ns to his statement
to different parties at the jail.
J. P. Heard Sc Sons announces to the
world in a full-page advertisement in
this issue of The News that they arc
handling the best Georgia made bug.
gies that can be produced, and at
prices and on terms surprising. They
can always be found in the front rank
with the best of everything in season,
and as this is the baggy .season all In
need sf something suitable and nice in
thevebielh line need go no farther
than J. P. Heard Sc gonsj
one of the best commencements yet in
the days of the H. H. S.
The graduating class is as large if
not larger than has yet graduated in
the H. H. 8., and they are sent forth
not only prepared in books but pre
pared for life.
Mr. R. A. Bedgood left for Moultrie
Prof. C. H. S. Jackson visited tho
H. H. 8. Inst Tuesday and gave us
quite an interesting talk on “Truth.”
Dr. P. D. Pollock will lecture for
Houston High School and community
Spring seems to be again flourishing,
as I can see violets and Gypsy pedlars.
We are glad to note that Jule Rey
nolds, who has been sick for some
weeks, is better.
Mrs. E. A. Ramey is paying relatives
a visit this week. Perns.
Mr. and Mrs. Homer Morris, of near
Pinehurst, were in town on a shopping
Captain Samuel Carnes left Wednes
day for Cartersville on a visit to his
sen, C. S. Carnes.
Deputy Sheriff, W. L. Shcpprrd, vis
ited Seville on important, business
Miss Emmie Woodward returned
home Thursday from a visit to relatives
at Emcrich and Uhadilla.
Z. T-. Woodruff of NelleviUe, is now
enjoying the comforts of one of J. P.
Heard Sc Sons easy riding buggies.
If you want to know where to get
.lie best goods for the least money,
read tho advertisements in the News.
J. J. Lashley has about recovered
from his recent spell of fever and is
able to be on the streets again.
Mr. Id iu Hughes, of Pleasant Valley
treated himself to onu of J. P. Heard
& Song fine Valdosta Buggies Thursday
J. J. Cooper returned Wednesday
night from a business trip to Atlanta.
He purchased a large stock of. Spring
goods while there.
Mr. Gass Waters is prepared to take
the girls to ride now, having recently
purchased one of J. P. Heard Sc Sons.
High grade Buggies.
L. Q. Nobles will have a log-roiling
Saturday and gave the editor and sev
eral others here Tuesday a special Invi
tation to be present.
For cocoanutt, apples, orange*, cab'
bages. rutabagas, Irish potatoes, onions
and white peas, ’pbone Kelly & Walton.
Judge Jno. F.. Butler and daughter,
Miss May, of Drayton, came up yester
day morning. Miss May remained
over for a few days witli her cousin,
Miss Berta Adkins and Miss Effie who
is in school here tetnrned homo with-
her father to spend Saturday and
Messrs G. W. Busbee, J. W. Lashley,
and T L. Powell of this city, and T. P.
Busbee, of Cordele, accepted the kind
invitation of P. G. Busbee Tuesday
nnd went down on the farm and en
joyed a day’s fishing. The recent rains
caused the dam at the old Beaver
pond to break and it hits not been
any trouble to catch a plenty of tho
finny trbe since. The party succeeded
in catching about fifty pounds,
Rev. Walker Lewis of Atlanta, will
lecture at the opera house here nest
Fridny night. The price of admission
wilt be: Reserved seats 76c. Gener
al admission 60c. Children under 12
years of age 23c.' Tickets will bo
on sale at the Vienna Drug Co’*
store next week. This is a fine lecturer
and our people should not fail to hen ■
It. Ho Is endorsed by the press am!
public men of tlie state. The subject
will be announced next week. ‘
G. 8. Haslam and R. Whitehead of
Pinehorst, were in the city on business
J. L. Taggart is on the sick UbI this
week. His friends trusts that he will
soon be up again
Uriah Porter and two sons, J. Ui
and J. H. Jr., of near Findaly, were lu
town on business Thursday.
There is not a day that passes but
that we hear several nice compliments
paid the News for giving the news
while it is new.
C. A. Lemon nnd son of near Pine-
hurst, were in town yesterday and
gave the News a pleasant call. The
News will now go to his address.
A. Brewer a prominent saw mill man
of this county, has just purchased a
fine buggy from the enterprising firm
of J. P. Heard Sc Sons.
The candidate that stayfe farthest
off from combinations is generally tho
one that gets there. It would be well
for some to bear in mind.
The three cornered race for represen
tative will probably continue until the
nomination. All three of them have
strong supporters and followers.
The free delivery of Expres every
day up town is quite a convenience to
our people and they are loud in their
praie to Jjessrs Lamb and Lashley for
providing the same.
Misses Johnnie Lindsay and Annie
Belle DuPree left Thursday afternoon
for their home at Irwinton, after
spending a few days here with the
family of J. D. Taylor.
Mr. and Mrs. Lindsay, of near Tip-
pettville, were In town Thursday to
meet Mrs. Passmore, of Florida, and
accompany her to their home, where
she will reside in the future,
D. H. Ledbetter and son Calvin,
and Rusliin Cowart of Cordele, won'- ■
in the city this week putting up sonm
new telephone poles and fixing up the
lines. They are determined to give the
best service possible.
Mrs. M. P. Hall and sister Miss Ber
tha Leonard, went up to Macon Thurs
day on a visit to relatives. Mrs. Hail
will also visit at Jackson and Griffin
before returning. Miss Bertha return
ed home that night on tho Shoofly.
Bailiff Charlie Stewart, came in
Thursday from Warwick and Worth
where he went after a negro named
Tom Hogan, who was wanted here on
a charge of obtaining money under
false pretenses. He is now in jail.
Col.'W. V. Harvard returned homo
from Atlanta Thursday. He stopped
over at Unadilla Wednesday and was
accompanied to this city by Mrs Har
vard and the children, who have been
visiting Mrs. Harvard’s mother, Mrs.
J. E. Duncan this week.